Through its URUGUP public service initiative, UPV Tacloban College has produced an alcohol-based hand rub following World Health Organization standards for donation to healthcare facilities and other frontline service providers in Eastern Visayas.
On 3 April, 20,000 mL, 5,000 mL, and 2,500 mL of the URUGUP 80% ethyl alcohol hand rub were donated to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), Maasin City Hospital, and Abuyog District Hospital, respectively. The UPVTC Security Office received two 300 mL bottles of 75% isopropyl alcohol and 1 gallon (about 3300 mL) of 80% ethyl alcohol hand rub on the same day.
On 4 April, 1500 mL of the URUGUP 75% isopropyl hand rub was turned over to personnel manning the entry and exit points of Tacloban City at San Juanico Bridge, Marasbaras, and Diversion Road near Imelda Village.
The local production of the alcohol-based antiseptic hand rub by a team of Chemistry faculty, researchers, and a volunteer alumnus is part of UP Tacloban’s URUGUP public service program in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The first batch was produced with funding support from the UP Tacloban and UP Visayas administration through the UP, Magbubunga Tayo! initiative, a collaboration with the UPV Foundation, Inc. With support from generous donors, the project team and the UPVTC community hope to produce more and help meet the need for disinfectants and hand sanitizers in healthcare and other frontline facilities in Region 8.